I'm sci-fi/fantasy girl, probably, but I can't stand the over-processed stereotypical stuff. I've read most of Anne McCaffrey's work, and enjoy it but don't think it's genius. The works I enjoy tend to have a non-stereotypical hook; for example, the Korean-inspired culture of Tsurannui in Feist and Wurts' Empire Trilogy.
On the other hand, Terry Pratchett is God. Discworld is so well-written, so intelligent and funny and moving and profound and everything good and wonderful.
I have a lifelong love of the Lord of the Rings, and I hope things like the recent publication of The Children of Húrin will make the Silmarillion more accessible to others.
I devoured Harry Potter (was introduced to the series at the age of nine), of course.
On the other hand, I also really love Jane Austen's works and many classics. Austen was such a talented writer.
Today I finished A Game of Thrones, the first part of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire cycle. It's been recommended to me by two friends but I was wary of starting it because it seemed very generic fantasy to me. On conclusion of the first book ... I will read the second, but I don't think it's that good. It's very grim and dark in many places (not one for the kids at all) but it uses such similar themes to so many fantasy cycles. There are good bits - for example, I like the Wall - but many bits that just feel overdone, or gratuitously contrary to modern morals.
Good because I needed something to read that I haven't read before, but nothing I particularly like.